March 3, 2014

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett, other Governors, Call on President Obama to Avoid Cuts to National Guard

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today released a copy of a National Governors Association letter to President Obama, signed by 50 governors across the country. The letter opposes potential cuts to the Army National Guard advocated by the U.S. Army's fiscal 2015 budget request.

"The National Guard plays a pivotal, cost effective role in protecting Pennsylvanians," said Governor Corbett. "As we've seen with the recent weather related emergencies, as well as the flooding we experienced in 2011, the Pennsylvania National Guard is a critical part of our response to domestic natural disasters and emergencies."

The letter was delivered to the White House on Friday, February 28(th). A copy of the letter can be retrieved here.

Earlier this year, Governor Corbett sent a letter directly to Secretary Hagel addressing his concerns on the adverse effects of purposed reductions to the National Guard. A copy of the letter can be retrieved here.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors and one of Washington, D.C.'s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths.

Media Contact: Owen McEvoy (Governor's Office) 717-783-1116

Editor's Note: Links to both the National Governors Association letter and Governor Corbett's letter to Secretary Hagel are imbedded in this release.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor